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Rahul demands relief for farmers who died during farm law protests

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday asked the Union Government to provide compensation and jobs for the next of kin of farmers who died during the year-long agitation against the three farm laws on the borders of the national capital.

Mr Gandhi, who had unsuccessfully moved an adjournment motion on the farmers’ issue, tabled a list in Lok Sabha of deceased farmers whose families were given compensation and employment by the Punjab government

Demanding a statement from the government on the issue, Congress members along with DMK and NCP colleagues walked out of the House while raising slogans against the government.

“Around 700 farmers died in farmers’ agitation. The Prime Minister apologised to the farmers and accepted his mistake. On November 30, Agriculture Minister was asked a question — ‘how many farmers died in the agitation? Agriculture Minister said he had no data. We found out that Punjab government has paid compensation of ₹5 lakh each to more than 400 farmers. Of these 400 farmers, 152 have also been given jobs. I have one more list of 70 farmers from Haryana,” Mr. Gandhi said.

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